Her interview, after the break:
1) What is your name, and who are you?
My name is Laurie Rank. I live in Buffalo, Minnesota on one of the 10,000 lakes. I am employed by the Federal Reserve System as an Information Technology Project Manager, but not for much longer as I plan to retire on May 31, 2013.
2) How do you know Kate?
Kate is my niece - we share a middle name, which has linked us forever. We were named after my mum and Kate’s Grand-Mum.
3) Tell me about a typical day in your life.
I get up at 6 am and go to the gym, shower and get to work. I usually work about 12 hours and then enjoy a vodka tonic and go to bed listening to talk radio. My life is routine – I do the same thing whether I am working from home or working in one of the Fed cities.
4) What’s the most challenging part of your life (could be a pet peeve, a work or family issue, whatever).
My biggest challenge in life is to give myself permission to do nothing. I am a project driven person and the thought of doing nothing seldom if ever enters my mind, but know it is important and should.
5) What are you likely to be doing at 8pm on a Saturday night?
Dozing in my recliner with my PC watching Fox News and waiting to for the local news to start. On a wild Saturday night – I might watch a movie or stay up for Saturday Night Live.
6) Paint me a picture of your life in five years.
I am not sure – I know I will be retired enjoying life on a beach in a warm climate in the winter and enjoying Minnesota the rest of the year – reading all the books I always wanted to read and never did. But, also hope I will direct some energy helping those less fortunate.
7) If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
Easy – maintain my health
8) What part of your morning routine do you consider essential?
One hour at the gym at dawn – it is essential. If for whatever reason I do not get that hour – my day is not as productive. One hour in the gym is an emotional outlet and makes me happy and starts my day out positive and makes me feel down right good.
9) What one deceased person would you like an hour with?
My first thought was an hour with Sharon, but that hour would go too fast and leave me an emotional mess and wanting more and I do not want to say goodbye again.
So, an hour with my Grandma Marie would be wonderful – she died when I was a young teen and I have thought of her most days since then. I remember her love and her touch. And I would make her a peach pie and thank her for my Mum. It would be a nice hour.
10) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and why? Have you been there before?
I have traveled a lot – to most major US cities and to 10 European countries. Traveling is a great experience and education and a ton of fun. There are a few more countries I would like to visit, but actually I would like to vacation in a 3rd world country and help children.
11) You have ten minutes to give a speech to college seniors. What do you talk about?
Work hard and smart, but maintain a work-life balance.
12) What is your all-time favorite song?
The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand
13) If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would you like to do?
Three very different things:
· Lounge singer in Las Vegas
· Landscape Architect
· Right hand assistant to a strong national political woman
14) Tell me about your family.
There are a lot of us – 50-something. Blessed with wonderful parents, who gave me skills to be a strong and smart person and 6 caring and good siblings. Many wonderful nieces and nephews - including two Goddaughters and two Godsons.
15) What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?
The importance of a work life balance
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